Holopaw brings guitar-driven indie rock to Atlantic


The Gainesville band Holopaw will perform Friday at The Atlantic. (Courtesy of Holopaw)

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.

The band Holopaw is one of those local bands that you’d never know is local; they don’t deny it, but they don’t exactly advertise it either. That ambiguity isn’t really their fault though, given that the current musical-hipness climate in Florida is not exactly ideal for a quiet, thoughtful, guitar-driven indie rock band.

But the good news is, they’re really, really good, though this should not come as a surprise considering that singer John Orth used to play in the band, Ugly Casanova, with Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock in the early 2000s, and had some more than mild critical success.

Holopaw isn’t anything new either, they’ve been kicking around for at least a decade, and their music has evolved for the better with the passing of time. Their newest release, “Academy Songs, Vol. 1,” is a culmination of all their previous efforts into one incredibly soothing, if not melancholy, sound that is so unique it could only come from here.

Be sure to check out their set on Friday along with performances by shoegazing trio Broken Water, premier local post-punks Permanent Makeup and local riot-grrrl quintet Alien Summer, at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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For all you 20-somethings that want to pretend that you were really into punk rock in high school, here’s your chance to prove it. Pop-punkers Alkaline Trio perform Thursday with the equally medium talented Bayside, at the Florida Theater of Gainesville, starting at 7 p.m.

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The Miami-based blues three-piece, Roosevelt Collier Trio, performs at High Dive on Thursday along with Bostonian jazz quintet Chroma, starting at 9 p.m.

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The band KYLESA, from Savannah, Ga., performs at High Dive along with Toronto’s best metal quartet, Blood Ceremony; New York City’s psychedelic enthusiasts, White Hills; and LazerWulf on Friday, starting at 8 p.m.

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Gainesvilles’ best ska/roots-reggae septet, The Duppies, performs with the Chris Murray Combo from Los Angeles and All Night Wolves, which features members of Mighty Mighty Bosstones, at Loosey’s on Friday, starting at 9 p.m.

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Roots singer Nikki Hill performs Sunday at High Dive, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Goatwh*re will bring this town some much needed metal, as will Canadian heavy metal quintet 3 Inches of Blood and Atlanta-based, doom-metal trio Withered on Monday at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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